2017 ended up being the eighth warmest year in the Central England series since 1659 (fig 1). The mean temperature for the year 2017 was 10.58°C which was +0.61°C above the 1981-2010 long-term average (fig 2), and 8 of the 12 months ended up being warmer than average.

That makes 2017 the warmest year since 2014, which itself was the warmest year on record, that makes ten out of the seventeen years this century are ranked in the twenty warmest years.

This makes the linear trend since 1878 a 0.09°C warming per decade, and from 1967 a warming of 0.209°C per decade; that means an increase of over 1°C since 1967, which may explain our mild winters of late!